Are There Any Deserts in China?

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China has several deserts. Some deserts of China include the Badain Jaran Desert, Gobi Desert, Gurbantunggut Desert, Hami Desert, Kumtag Desert, Lop Desert and the Taklamakan Desert.

The Gobi Desert is the fifth largest desert in the world with a tremendous area of over 500,000 square miles. The Gobi Desert continuously expands. Deserts expanding into other land is known as desertification, and it poses a threat to China's environment. The increasing area of the desert causes more sand storms, which is deadly to agriculture. China loses an estimated million acres of land on a yearly basis to cumbersome desertification.

The Taklamakan Desert is another ample desert in China. This desert is the second largest shifting sand desert worldwide. Approximately 85 percent of the sand in the Taklamakan consists of shifting sand dunes.